It was a good week for the Newcastle Community club in the second division of the Tesco Express Northumbria League with victories for both of their teams. The A team recorded their third successive victory when they entertained North Shields YMCA B team. Ben Yu and Ken Lee won all of their sets and Rixian Hu got two as they ran out 9 – 1 winners. The only success for Shields came when Jim Robertson defeated Hu. The Chinese club’s B team were also victorious when they beat Old England Crocks 7 – 3. Aziz Al Ghambdi was undefeated whilst Maoge Hou and Alan Lam got two sets each. Colin Robson and Ken Clark won one each for the Crocks and also combined to beat Hou and Lam in the doubles match.
The clash between the two Cramlington teams, Venture Portraits and Casuals in the Premier Division was a hard fought affair with the Casuals eventually coming out on top with a 6 – 4 win. Barry and Ryan Richardson were both in top form for the Casuals winning all of their sets. Dale Aitkenhead, Gary Sangster and Ellis Cooper got one apiece for Portraits who also won the doubles set . NESLC Legends also had a hard fought match with St.Chads but eventually won 6 – 4 after being held to 3 – 3 at one stage. Andrew Wilkinson, as expected, was unbeaten on the night and received good support from Neil McMaster who beat Keith Weatherby and Dave Bissett. Jimmy Scope did best for the losing side with wins over Marc Cotton and McMaster.
In division one Karen Henry was the star player for North Fire B with three wins as her team beat Old England Jacks 6 – 4.
Ouston A were too good for Cramlington Magpies when they ran out 8 – 2 winners in a third division match, Allen Tarn being unbeaten and their B team drew 5 – 5 with Cramlington Dragons. Neil and Mark Rodgers won two each for them whilst Alastair Johnson won all of his sets for the Dragons.
Geoff Salter, who is ranked at number 4 in the National Veterans Over 60 list, won the Over 60 Singles title at the recent Midland Masters Veterans tournament and teamed up with Dave Welsman of Northampton whom he had beaten in the final to gain success in the Over 60s doubles.
At the other end of the age scale, Akshay Pabary has been honoured by the English Table Tennis Association for making the most progree up the National Junior Rating list in the past year. He will receive an award at the Junior National Championships in November.